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Kissinger / News Conference / Mayaguez #37185

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 16, 1975
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger holds news conference dominated by Mayaguez incident.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Despite casualties, there's subdued sense of euphoria over outcome of Mayaguez incident. [KISSINGER - rejects idea administration's glad incident occurred.] Kissinger at no loss, however, to detail diplomatic bonuses of Mayaguez affair. [KISSINGER - states United States has limits beyond which it can't be pushed. United States prepared to defend its interests and can get public and congress support for such actions.] Kissinger admits United States didn't consult Thailand before sending American Marines there. [KISSINGER - regrets causing Thailand any embarrassment.] Earlier, Thailand announces withdrawal of Thai ambassador to DC. [KISSINGER - assumes Thai government to consider long-term interests in its relations with US.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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